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Spaces Between Your Words

from Songs of Defiance by John Shields

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lyrics

Honey, don’t you mind the space between
a comma and parenthesis
The space between our words is ever-widening,
day by day
Trailing off the speech of modest sentences,
I find it kinda funny
With all this time of quiet contemplation,
I push away
I can’t help but push away

Looking through the glass, what will be will be
I have to ask: What is wrong with me?

Consonants and vowels scatter blindly
through the open-air again
Slipping from your tongue they echo outward,
mumbled with care
If I hyper-focus I could catch them,
all in proper order
The issue seems to be that neither of us
are ever really there (are you in there?)

Looking through the glass, what will be will be
I have to ask: What is wrong with me?

Used to capture every single phrase,
flown like busy flocks of birds.
Now I tend to find the useful meaning in
Empty spaces
Between
Your words

Looking through the glass, what will be will be
I have to ask: What is wrong with me?

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from Songs of Defiance, released October 9, 2020
John: Guitars, Bass, Drums, Vocals, Melotron
Dwight: Drums
Nancy Layne: Backing Vocals
Luisa Marion: Violins
Emily Jenkins: Cellos
Produced / Engineered by John Shields, Seth Howard
Mixed by Seth Howard, John Shields
Recorded on 8-Track Portastudio, with additional recording at Temple Recording Studio
Mastered by Edsel Holden III at Red Act Studios

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